Facilitation

Experiential Learning Tools & Publications for use in Coaching & Facilitation.

As experts in facilitating training and developing facilitation skills, we offer a range of practical facilitation tools and materials that build skills in the design and facilitation of learning events and programmes.

We also offer advanced facilitation skills workshops delivered over a 2 day course for those who want to improve their skills in facilitating groups in more complex learning situations.

4 Basic & Effective Facilitation Skills for Trainers

 To work effectively as facilitators, there are some good facilitation skills that we must apply.

1. The first of these is ‘contracting’. This involves creating an agreement with the group about their purpose, the relationship between the facilitator and the group, with the responsibility for learning lying firmly with the learners, an understanding of each other’s expectations and some basic ground rules about the process. Even as we contract with a group, we are addressing some of the ‘big questions’ of facilitation which include:

Where does the power lie in this relationship?

Where does the responsibility for learning lie? How and when should I, as the facilitator, intervene?

How do I ensure that I achieve the goals that I have been contracted to achieve and how do I measure my success as a facilitator?

2. Effective facilitators should use great questions, rather than provide great answers.  Questions are vital in the facilitator’s toolkit and RSVP Design have a range of facilitation tools and materials designed to develop questioning skills including images to provoke questions.

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3. Facilitator’s should challenge and confront appropriately. Confrontation, in the sense that it is used here, means challenging perceived boundaries

“You say you can’t do that. What would happen if you did?” or incongruence “You say you are confident and committed to this plan, but your posture and tone of voice suggests otherwise.”

Confrontation may also mean challenging discrepancies, e.g. in behaviour inside and outside of the facilitation sessions, in self-evaluation and feedback from others, in past and present statements, in the experience described by the group and the facilitator’s own feelings. You can find further information about this in Chapter 7 of Ann Alder’s book, Pattern Making and Pattern Breaking.

 

4. Finally, the movement to action that must result from effective facilitation. There are many facilitation tools that support this, including formal action planning, the use of graphic facilitation and the creation of ‘rich pictures’, and the creation of competence based personal development plans. Again, we have a range of facilitation tools that support the development of powerful plans for the future.

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  • Overcome blocks to thinking
  • Share different viewpoints
  • Generate new ideas
  • Address differences and mediate in situations of interpersonal conflict

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Advanced Facilitation Skills Workshop

Click the link below for more information about our Advanced Facilitation Skills Workshop which is run over a 2 day period for those who wish to expand their facilitation skills in more complex learning situations. Submit the Get In Touch form below to enquire about the Facilitation Workshop today!

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